NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For five years, friends and family of missing North Charleston woman Brandy Hanna have held out hope for her safe return. Hanna would have turned 38 Tuesday.
With old photographs, newspaper clippings and a smile on her face, Donna Parent continues to celebrate her daughter's birthday.
"You learn to take each day one step at a time. Or else I would have fallen apart. I have to keep going, be strong because I have to keep looking for her," Parent said.
This was the last picture ever taken of Hanna. She disappeared over five years ago. Even though Hanna is not here, Parent is throwing her a 38th birthday party at Alex's Restaurant on Dorchester Road to keep memories alive.
"It's very important because I try to keep in people's minds she is missing, she has been missing, but she has not been forgotten," Parent said.
It was May 20, 2005; After working all day at Alex's Restaurant on May 20, 2005, Hanna made it home to her apartment, according to her loved ones. After that,no one heard from here or saw her again. Loved ones say she left behind her money, cell phone and everyone she knew.
Police have found little evidence as to why she disappeared and have no leads.
"I just want answers. More than anything to know where she is, to know what happened," Parent said.
The birthday celebration starts at 6 p.m. at Alex's on Dorchester Road. Parent and other loved ones will have cake, ice creams and balloons to celebrate Hanna.
Anyone with information on Hanna's disappearance should call North Charleston Police.